Temporary Residents

Canada Sets New Measures to Control Temporary Residents

In a recent statement, Minister Miller revealed plans to implement measures aimed at controlling temporary immigration to Canada, starting in September. These measures will involve gradually reducing the number of temporary residents entering the country over the next three years. The decision stems from a need to address concerns related to the rapid influx of temporary residents and its impact on various aspects of Canadian society.

Minister Miller emphasized the importance of collaboration with provincial and territorial authorities in determining the specifics of these temporary immigration levels. Recognizing that each region has unique labor needs and capacities, the minister stressed the need for provinces and territories to take responsibility for the individuals they bring in.

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Impact of Study Permit Caps

The announcement comes in the wake of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) decision to cap the number of new study permit applications for international students. The cap, set at 606,250 applications for the current year, aims to manage the influx of international students into Canada’s educational institutions.

Addressing Economic and Social Concerns

The sharp increase in the number of temporary residents in Canada has raised concerns about its impact on various sectors, including housing and the economy. Minister Miller acknowledged the need for changes to make the immigration system more efficient and sustainable. He emphasized the importance of having an honest conversation about the implications of international migration for Canada’s future planning.

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While efforts to limit temporary residents may address certain socio-economic challenges, some experts warn of potential repercussions on Canada’s economy. Desjardins principal economist Marc Desormeaux cautioned that a significant drop in temporary residents could lead to a slowdown in economic growth, particularly in provinces heavily reliant on immigrant labor.

Provincial Contingency Plans

Provinces like British Columbia and Ontario have already incorporated contingencies in their fiscal plans to mitigate the potential impact of reduced temporary immigration. These measures aim to cushion the economy from any downturn in tax revenues and economic growth associated with a decline in temporary residents.

To effectively address the challenges posed by temporary immigration, Desormeaux stressed the importance of robust data collection mechanisms. He called for enhanced data on temporary migration to enable policymakers to make informed decisions and develop effective strategies for managing Canada’s demographic and economic realities.

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While Canada is taking steps to control temporary immigration, it remains committed to welcoming new permanent residents. The Immigration Levels Plan for 2023 – 2025 outlines the country’s intention to admit 485,000 new permanent residents this year, with plans to increase this number in subsequent years.

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